In this time of trendiness, it gets hard to find a good old fashioned European neighborhood restaurant. Don't get me wrong, I like Thai and Indian food but sometimes I want something that tastes like the food I grew up with.
For me, Schnitzelhuus is a little oasis of coziness and charm in this sea of trendiness we call Zürich. It's a small place with blue checked table cloths and pictures of royalty on the walls. It's impecably clean. The service team is very friendly and accomodating and sometimes even wears traditional lederhosen or dirdnls. I find this charming.
As the name indicates, the menu is all about schnitzel. There are 20 different schnitzels served in 3 different sizes. You can also buy schnitzel by the meter to share with your friends. The table next to us had it and it looked pretty spectacular. My husband and I were in the mood for traditional Wienerschnitzel and were very pleased with the medium sized veal version. The potato salad reminded my of my grandmother's. But the real scene stealer was the lentil soup. OMG, if you like a good hearty soup, this is worth the trip.
After that wonderful soup and a nice big schnitzel, I really was too full to try a dessert but the offerings of apple strudel with vanilla sauce or home made chocolate cake were looking good.
This is a nice friendly neighborhood place where everyone is welcome. The prices are more than fair for the Zürich market. It would also be a nice place to take visitors who are here to visit central Europe and want to experience the local traditional cuisine. Street parking is very limited but there is a public parking garage just down the street that costs 50 rappen per hour.
I'll be visiting again. =)